With so much information about weight loss available in print, on TV or the internet, we can find ourselves bombarded with messages that we need to be thin. A much healthier, and more realistic, approach would mean a balance in the diet which will result in a healthy weight. But, even with this common sense approach to consider, people will still try to find that instant fix for their perceived flaws.
Here are a few myths about the role nutrition plays in weight loss:
Fad Diets Are Harmless
People will try the “latest” diet outlined in their monthly magazine, often without much thought about nutrition. Some of these fad diets will result in rapid weight loss but by reducing your caloric intake drastically you might experience heart rhythm issues or run the risk of developing gallstones.
Research has shown that a 1 to 2 pound per week loss, while also making healthy food choices and increasing your activity level, is the healthiest and most permanent way to lose weight. Benefits of this approach include reduced risk for developing high blood pressure or type 2 diabetes. Heart disease risk is also greatly reduced.
Never Eat Fast Food
Fast food offers real convenience for us because we lead such hectic lives. There are numerous studies that prove some fast food can be very destructive. If you make informed choices when ordering, you can still stop by your local fast food place for a quick dinner. Think about ordering grilled chicken or a taco sans cheese and sauce or one of the numerous salads being offered these days. Also remember to go easy on the condiments.
Every once in awhile, as a treat, you can grab a friend and split something unhealthy but delicious. Depriving yourself completely will only increase your desire for the forbidden food.
High Protein/Low Carb Diets Work
Our minimum intake of carbohydrates each day should be in the neighborhood of about 130 grams. Anything less could lead to a build-up of partially broken down fats known as Ketones. The resulting metabolic state is called ketosis which is when your body burns fat for energy instead of glucose. Other concerns include the possibility of developing osteoporosis or kidney stones. Pregnant women need to be especially cautious.
It is never a good sign when your diet asks you to exclude entire classes of foods, such as fruits and vegetables. Their nutrients are key to good health and cannot be found anywhere else in their most beneficial state.
Be sure you talk about any changes you are making to your diet or exercise program with your trusted healthcare professional. This is especially important if you currently suffer from any known health conditions.
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